Derrick Rose to Face Unprecedented Pressure on 2013-14 NBA Opening Night

August 6th, 2013 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Derrick Rose has been under pressure before, but never like this.

When the Chicago Bulls take on the Miami Heat in the 2013-14 NBA season opener on Oct. 29 (per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel), Rose will return to the court for the first time in more than a year. When he does, he'll carry with him the lingering fears about his own health, the hopes of a city and the ability to shift the league's balance of power.

So even if his surgically repaired left knee holds up just fine, Rose's back will be strained under the weight of those expectations.


The Death of Self-Doubt

Last year, Rose infamously delayed his recovery long after he was cleared by doctors because he simply wasn't sure that his knee was ready for a return to game action. He wasn't confident.

No matter how many rigorous workouts or full-contact practices Rose has amassed over the past few months, he still can't possibly be sure of his knee's health until he tests it out in an actual NBA game against opponents who'd love nothing more than to embarrass him.

Against the H ...

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